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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Review

Young Peter Parker will just die if Liz curves him, and he’ll just die if he can’t defeat the vulture. No, really, he’ll literally die.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the latest reboot in a series that’s gone through more changes than a teenager’s body during puberty.

This time, Tom Holland plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man, with Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton, and Marisa Tomei also starring. Personally, I didn’t see anything wrong with the previous actors that played Spidey, but I guess the powers that be thought otherwise.

This version focuses on Pete being a typical teenager. He’s a fifteen year-old kid in a public school in New York (which is an adventure in itself) who just happens to have cool-a$$ super-powers. The past Spider-Man films portrayed him as a young man, who pretty much had his abilities in check, confident in how to use them. Not this one, though. Holland is as fresh as a superhero as he is a teen; wanting more out of life but unsure how to go about getting it. He makes mistakes, some innocent, some costly. Tony Stark is there for guidance, basically, and although he isn’t in much of the movie, those two have a father/son relationship, getting on each other’s nerves!

Keaton plays The Vulture. Here’s what’s so real about his character; you can relate to why he had to resort to being the “bad guy”. Life sort of kicks him and he has no choice but to kick back. You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes, right?

The Vulture isn’t a stereotypical villain, and the writers give him one hell of a character arc. One of the most intriguing antagonists out of all the Spider-man films yet.

Tomei plays Aunt May – boy did Aunt May change! Yeah, Pete’s Aunt is younger and uh ruh, well, she looks dayum good for somebody’s auntie.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is also loaded with action. And, is it me, or does this reboot have the illest action sequences and fight scenes than the previous ones? Ships, planes, cars…GOT-TOE-MIGHTY! Folks are fighting everywhere! Spider-Man’s suit, y’all…that’s all I’ll say. But you’ll love it.

The cast in “Homecoming” is pleasantly diverse. Zendaya is the quirky Michelle, Laura Harrier plays Peter’s crush Liz, Jacob Batalon is Pete’s homie Ned, and Tony Revolori is Flash Thompson. Everyone has great chemistry, nothing is forced. One thing I loved about this movie is Peter’s vulnerability. It’s a coming-of-age story which just happens to have dope special effects. There’s a defining scene involving Peter where you’ll find yourself saying, “Somebody please help this kid!!” He has an innocence that none of the actors before him had. Holland is great and this take on Spider-Man won’t disappoint you. This is one homecoming that doesn’t need a marching band or football game!

I’m glad that Spider-Man is back with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It felt like Sony was holding him hostage which really limited his interaction with the other superheroes. Now, he gets to play around with Captain America, Iron-Man, and the rest of the gang. There are a few Easter eggs hidden in this movie and I’d advise you to hang around for post-credit scenes. I guess if you keeping experimenting, eventually you’ll get it right.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is as close to perfection as you’re gonna get, so, a note to the Producers: Leave this one alone! It’s good! Great script, great cast, great movie.

I’m co-signing “Spider-Man: Homecoming” to the fullest! Check it out in IMAX 3-D if you can. This is one of the best homecomings I’ve attended. I mean, it’s not “GHOE” but it’s still fantastic. (Google GHOE, you’ll see what I mean…)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is in theaters now! Watch the trailer below.

 

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